“Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, “Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?” …Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, “We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay.” Charles M. Schulz the creator of the Peanuts.
Charles’ words are ripe for discernment in today’s climate. Whether it is politics, relationships, business, yes even kids sports and other activities, people are looking for quick and easy answers. We wish to identify what to undertake so we can proceed on to the next task. If life was a true false test, you have a 50/50 chance for accomplishment. Mathematicians tell us that if you flip a coin 100 times the results would most likely would be 50 heads and 50 tails. When someone has a 50/50 chance to succeed in life, living would be a breeze.
I enjoyed multiple choice tests because I knew the correct answer was there somewhere. If I did not recognize the answer I could eliminate say 2 out of the four choices and I could have a 50/50 chance at being right.
Unfortunately, as Charles Schultz once heard from God or the Universe, “We hate to tell you this, but life is a thousand word essay.” Too many politicians, companies, churches, and other institutions peddle the illusion of easy answers. Just commit to my 3-point plan for solving global warming states a politician. Companies sell their products because they are the instant answer to your anxiety, your fear, or your need to get the stain out, or make raising your kids easier.
Unfortunately, life is not that way. We may prefer the easy road out but in life there is no easy answers. Why? Life is very complex for easy questions and easy answers. To create a life worth living one you need to realize that life is an essay. Successfully answering an essay takes time, research, sweat, and a sleepless night or two to build a good result. Creating one’s life is worth a similar effort.
In my life I have been a banker, and IT consultant, and a pastor of a church. I have earned two master’s degrees, one a Master of Divinity and an MBA. As I look back over my journey, I realized I never jumped into any of those positions because it was easy. Each time I started a new essay I did the research, sweated and had plenty of sleepless nights. While my journey has been a little crazy, I would not have it any other way. The common thread through my life is that I was willing to write an essay instead of choosing a 50/50 opportunity or guessing my way through a multiple choice test.
My life essays have allowed me to meet a wide variety of people, visit several companies big and small. Along the way I helped people make good decisions through assisting them good essays for their lives, companies, and organizations.
If you are finding yourself wishing for an easy test for your life’s quandaries I urge you to consider writing an essay instead. What does writing a life essay entail? Stop by next week for more.